Our Table Now with Food Is Spread

Our table now with food is spread

Author: Thomas Hansen Kingo
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 Our table now with food is spread;
O God, who givest daily bread,
Bless these Thy gifts upon us so
That strength of body they bestow.

2 O feed the hungry, God of love,
Who sigh for bread to Heav'n above;
Give to our land prosperity,
And bless the earth, the sky, the sea!

3 Defend and bless our government,
And give us all a mind content!
O grant our souls the heav'nly food
Which Jesus purchased with His blood.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #601

Author: Thomas Hansen Kingo

Thomas Hansen Kingo (15 December 1634 – 14 October 1703 Odense) was a Danish bishop, poet and hymn-writer born at Slangerup, near Copenhagen. His work marked the high point of Danish baroque poetry. He belonged to a rather poor family partly of Scottish origin and was educated a clergyman. In his youth, Kingo wrote a series of poems picturing humorous scenes in village life and a pastoral love poem, Chrysillis. He studied theology at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1654, and for some time acted as private tutor. In 1661 he was appointed vicar to the pastor at Kirke Helsinge, and in 1668 he was ordained a minister at his native town, where his poetic activity began. At first he essayed patriotic poems, but later devoted h… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our table now with food is spread
Title: Our Table Now with Food Is Spread
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Vor Disk og Dug er alt bered
Author: Thomas Hansen Kingo
Language: English
Notes: Hymn text, suggested tune HERRNHUT